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Developer-funded flood defence idea spreads across south coast

Portsmouth’s “groundbreaking” idea to fund coastal defences using Community Infrastructure Levies (CIL), developed earlier this year, is now being cosidered in Southampton, NCE has learned.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) funding and insurance team leader Jenny Maresh told a Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem) conference yesterday that Portsmouth’s plans to make developers contribute to its programme of coastal schemes will raise £40M, making up a shortfall in the city’s £280M, 20 year programme of projects.

The conference heard that the approach is now being considered in other areas including Southampton, where the CIL strategy is due to go to consultation in the coming weeks.

Portsmouth City Council head of planning and regeneration John Slater told NCE earlier this year that developments across the city will pay the same rate, regardless of their proximity to the coast, but developments that will boost employment – such as offices and factories – will pay a reduced rate.

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